Senate committee holds hearing about last year's Missouri Flood
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Senate committee holds hearing about last year's Missouri Flood

Date: January 31, 2012
By: Crystall Cho
State Capitol Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY - The Army Corps of Engineers took the heat for their handling of the 2011 Missouri River floods at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.

Victims of last year's flood voiced their opinions to The Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment committee.

Representatives from the governments of Holt and Atchison County testified and said they had concerns in regards to the role of the Corps.

Atchison County Commissioner Curtis Livengood spoke against the Corps' approach to the 2011 flood.

"This didn't just affect Mid-Missouri and we have a huge loss of revenues," "We needed immediate assistance and relief after the inevitable flood damage," Livengood said.

Livengood said that more areas can be improved by preparing citizens in better ways.

Holt County clerk Kathy Kunkel said her county experienced 5 floods in 2011.

"If you haven't been there, you really don't know how big the damage is," "We're facing losses that can never be recovered," Kunkel said.

Last year's Missouri River flood had significant consequences not only to homes, but also to farmers.

"The farm operators have to deal with this disaster from 2011 for a while because Missouri streams are an important source of sand," "After the flood, so much soil is contaminated," Director of the Soil and Water Conservation Program Brian Hopkins said.

Morehouse Mayor Pete Leija called the current community a sad situation.

"Eighty percent of the community was affected by the flood last year and if this were to happen again, what else can we do?" Leija said.

President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, said the Senate committee does not plan to hold another hearing regarding the flood.


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